Margaret Hauser

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Margaret Hauser of Long Beach, California swam nearly 20 hours in the Wrigley Ocean Marathon Swim on 15-16 January 1927, a professional channel race sponsored by William Wrigley, Jr. who owned the Santa Catalina Island Company in order to promote Catalina Channel.

The swim offered a cash prize of US$25,000 to the winner between Catalina Island and Point Vicente on the Southern Californian mainland.

The Wrigley Ocean Marathon Swim attracted 102 competitors, including a 17-year-old Canadian George Young who was the only finisher and declared winner with a time of 15 hours 44 minutes 30 seconds.

Hauser and Martha Stager of Portland, Oregon, were awarded prize money of US$2,500, despite not completing the race. Only a mile from the finish line, Hauser was pulled from the water by her husband/trainer after 19 hours and 26 minutes, making her the contestant who lasted the longest.

The authoritative history of Catalina Channel swimming was published by International Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer Penny Dean.


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